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10 Essential Oils Awesome for Natural Pet Care

Over the last few decades, Essential oils have become a popular way to naturally improve physical health and mental wellbeing. Somewhat more recently, pet parents realized they could extend this same healing power to their dog babies as well. But not all oils that are safe for humans are safe for canines—so which oils are a good fit for your pup? The following are our 10 favorite essential oils for dogs. Enjoy!

A word of caution: Always consult a veterinarian before incorporating essential oils into your pet care routine. Specifically, ask if your chosen essential oil is safe for your pup, how the oil can benefit them, and what the best way to use the oil might be. Essential oils should always be diluted before use on or around pets. For useful essential oil recipes for dogs, click here. For additional essential oil safety tips for dogs, click here. We do not suggest using essential oils on or around cats unless first approved through a veterinarian 



Because of its mild characteristics, frankincense essential oil is a great choice for pet parents new to essential oil use. Frankincense essential oil is said to increase blood flow, relieve nervousness and anxiety, boost immune system health, and ease pain associated with external ulcers. Many claim it also helps fight cancer by halting and/or reversing tumor growth.



As you might have guessed, cedarwood is our absolute favorite essential oil (after all, it’s the basis of nearly all our botanical solutions). Cedarwood essential oil smells awesome and it’s an effective natural alternative to chemical-based flea & tick products. Because cedarwood essential oil is antifungal, antiseptic and because it helps increase circulation, it’s also said to help relieve a long list of canine skin issues—from dandruff and mange, to hot spots and general dermatitis due by insect bites. Some claim it also helps ease kennel cough as well arthritis!


Helichrysum (aka Immortelle)

Helichrysum is one of the finest essential oils for canine pain relief. Gastrointestinal upset, cuts, bruises, aches, joint pain—all are said to be helped by this natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal solution. Breathing problems due to allergies or build up of mucus in the lungs are also said to be helped by this flower-derived essential oil.



Lemongrass essential oil has become a staple here at the Cedarcide offices. In addition to adding it to our new Tickshield formula, we use it to naturally freshen the air, as an odor-fighter for our office pups, and for aromatherapy to keep our team alert, optimistic and feeling great! With a long history of uses—including natural pest control, topical pain relief, and to help with canine skin health—lemongrass is one of the most useful essential oils for chemical-free pet care.



Lavender is arguably the most popular essential oil among natural pet care enthusiasts. Prized above all for its soothing effects on anxiety, insomnia and hyperactivity, lavender essential oil can be an invaluable aid for calming your dog during car rides, vet visits, social events, and when left alone at home. In fact, a study from 2006 confirmed that lavender essential oil, when used in aromatherapy, helped alleviate travel-induced anxiety in canines. Cool, huh?



Reportedly antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial, Marjoram is an earthy essential oil used for pets primarily to prevent infection, soothe depression, and in some cases even aid in diabetes and liver complications.


Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile essential oil is a known anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, making it especially popular among outdoor enthusiasts and their adventure pets. Muscle tightness, cramping, teething pain, and joint complications are all said to be helped by this powerful essential oil.



Peppermint is another essential oil praised for its soothing, pain-relieving effects. Its cooling, anti-inflammatory powers are renowned in the natural lifestyle community for helping improve discomfort associated with canine arthritis, hip dysplasia and other joint conditions. When used in conjunction with ginger, peppermint essential oil is also said to reduce symptoms associated with motion sickness in pups. As a bonus, it also boasts natural pest-control qualities.



Cardamom is a unique essential oil in that it helps with both digestion and respiratory problems. Pet parents have long given their pups relief from stomach aches, nausea, and gas using cardamom essential oil. Many also report that coughing and difficulty breathing are also improved through cardamom use.



Does your pup constantly suffer from allergies? Then niaouli essential oil might be just the natural remedy for you and your animal baby. As a powerful natural antihistamine and antibacterial Niaouli essential oil can combat both seasonal and skin allergies as well as secondary skin infections occurring as a result of allergy symptoms. Niaouli is often chosen as a safer alternative to tea tree oil, which can be harmful to some pets at higher doses.


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  1. Candy Heagle

    Hi what kind of ratio are you talking about ??

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Great question. It all depends on your pet’s overall health and age, their size, and the issue you’re looking to address. I would suggest checking out the links in the paragraph near the top of the article for recipe guides 🙂

  2. How do I know how/how much to apply? I have a 63 pound very anxious dog with allergies who currently wears a seresto collar and gets liquid ivermectin for heartworms.
    I also have a 12 dog with allergies that stays inside and currently only gets the 6 mo heartworm shot.
    I would love to get them both off these chemical treatments

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Great question, Evelyn. I’d apply Cedarcide Original every other day or more as needed and before exploring outdoor spaces or dog parks. A light spritz all over, massaged into their coat, is all you need to kill and repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites, and other nasty biting bugs.

  3. Heather Maliakal

    What if there isn’t a Vet near me that believes in alternative treatments. How do I discuss what is good or not? I am looking for a mixture for flea and tick prevention that I can spray on my Great Dane. He’s reacting to the Seresto collar, and I will not give him a Broveto.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide


      Our Cedarcide Original is very popular as a non-toxic alternative to traditional flea & tick products.

  4. Shannon Anderson

    I have two dogs, a cat and a tortoise that love to hang out on the lawn. I need something I can spray on my lawn that would get rid of fleas and ticks and yet be safe enough for them to be around and possibly eat as they sometimes chew on the grass. I know my tortoise loves to eat the grass.

    Also, I need to have something I can put on my animals to help keep the fleas and ticks off my dogs and cats that’s safe. They all lick themselves, a lot! And I worry that by licking some of the stuff off it might hurt them. I need something safe for them to have on and not worry about them getting poisoned if they should lick some of it off.

    Also, are there some home remedies for Fleas and Ticks you can suggest around my home that wont hurt my dogs and my cat? I have Lavender oil, Eucalyptus, Himalayan Cedar wood oil and peppermint. I have been using Coconut Oil but my dogs don’t really like it or my cat. Can I add oils to the coconut oil?


    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Hi, Shannon!

      Great questions. Our products are non-toxic and will not harm you cats or dog. Cedarwood oil, however, the active ingredient in our formulas is not safe for reptiles. Our family-safe lawn treatment PCO Choice is my suggestion for your yard. You and your dog and cat can return to the yard without worry immediately after application, no downtime required. But I would give the lawn a day or two to air out before introducing your turtle back into the outdoor space.

      Cedarcide Original is the product for your cats, dogs, indoors, and yourself. It’s non-toxic and pet and family-safe. Even if they lick it off there will be no issue or worry of toxicity. Let us know if we can be of any more help.

  5. No mention on what is used topically and what is used internally, or both. Nice to know what oils do what, but really need clarification as to how they are applied.

    1. Jonathan At Cedarcide

      Great catch, Julie!

      This was an intentional omission. Because every pet’s need are different (based on size, age, breed, unique health issues, etc), we strongly advise discussing essential oil pet care with your vet before starting to incorporate it, including how and how often to apply them. As a general rule though, we do not recommend essential oils for internal use on pets 🙂

  6. Are these just for use around dogs or can they be used around cats, too?

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